Funny how i was told by my boss this morning that prevention is better than cure after someone forced their way into my pickup's canopy last night....apparently it is common here in aus for pickups to be targeted in hope of finding power tools...
It is a common mistake to link physical property like cars & power tools to intellectual property such as images/photographs or the written word.
Why? When someone steals your drill, you are deprived of the drill. Its gone and you can't use it.
When someone copies and uses an image without permission, the original is still in place. The creator is not deprived of their physical property in the same way.
This is why taking an image without permission is not called 'theft' but is referred to as 'infringement'. By copying the image the creator's exclusive and sole rights (not least of which are naming a price, placing other terms on the use, or saying 'No, not at any price) are infringed.
The rights a creator enjoys are inherant with the image and can only be relinquished or modified by the creator themselves. This places the responsibility on the user/publisher of content to seek permission first.
Personally, I consider every image on the web to have an owner and would not consider publishing an image without known provenance & permission first...but others don't share this view so I choose insert a visual reminder into the image and embed contact details in the metadata. One of the latest infringers has not bothered to read the embedded metadata on a published image, which includes my contact details, so will be subject to higher fees.
Sorry to hear about your pickup...but the example used is just not the same.
I just got paid. How about that?
Excellent news...well done.
Edited by decosnapper, 23 September 2012 - 11:17 PM.